(intr, adverb) informal to work out; turn out; result
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How to use pan out in a sentence
But other parents make different risk/benefit calculations for their kids, which pan out OK for almost all of them.
Producers, he says, like to pan out from the glass-topped anchor desks to get a shot of the leggy correspondents.Joe Muto, ‘the Fox Mole,’ on His New Book, ‘An Atheist in the Foxhole’ | David Freedlander | June 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although his efforts never seemed to pan out, viewers nevertheless were rooting for the unlikely pair.Who Was Shain Gandee, the MTV ‘Buckwild’ Star Found Dead? | Anna Klassen | April 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Barkeley came up with the idea for The Daily Currant after a few other career tracks failed to pan out.
Similarly, much of the policy rhetoric coming from Washington focuses on fears of incipient inflation that have yet to pan out.
All this costs money and it takes a long time to pan out enough dust to pay the bill.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
They finiss their breakfast—I heard them wipe the frying-pan out as plain as if I see it with my eyes!Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
Then she raked the fire off the top of the pan, and took the pan out with the long iron fork.The Sandman: His Farm Stories | William J. Hopkins
I was off on a wild goose chase that just didn't pan out, so you really didn't miss a devil of a lot.Dead Giveaway | Gordon Randall Garrett
It might even be that she would be a help in case Stephen Marshall's mother did not pan out.The Witness | Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
Other Idioms and Phrases with pan out
Turn out well, succeed, as in If I don't pan out as a musician, I can always go back to school. This expression alludes to washing gold from gravel in a pan. [Mid-1800s]
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